Playa de Oro
The Afro-Ecuadorian community of Playa de Oro, the last settlement on the Rio Santiago, runs an ecotourism project designed to protect a 10,000-hectare (24,710-ac) reserve of pristine rainforest, which is some of the last Chocó forest and of the most important areas in the world for diversity and endemism of birds.
Playa de Oro is the last stand agianst against deforestation along the Rio Santiago. Other villages make their living exploiting for the forest but the members of Playa de Oro have always recognized the value of conservation. Naturally, this made Playa de Oro the perfect ally in the efforts to conserve the Chocó Andean Corridor.
Because of their remote location Maquipucuna partenered with Playa de Oro to help them attract tourists to their two locations and to sell their delicious sustainably grown chcocolate. This partnership solidifies the framework of protected forest from the Andes to the coast providing a sanctuary for migratory birds.
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